Jung headed to Afghanistan

Germany's defence minister will visit Uzbekistan on Monday before heading to Afghanistan where Berlin has one of the largest contingents in NATO-led operations, the ministry said.

Jung headed to Afghanistan
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Franz Josef Jung will begin his tour in the Uzbek town of Termez on the Afghan border, home to the air base for German forces going into northern Afghanistan. He will also meet with Uzbekistan’s defence chief, Kaboul Berdiev.

Jung will spend Tuesday and Wednesday in the north where he will visit a training centre for Afghan police and also meet local teams involved in reconstruction.

Germany currently has 3,560 soldiers in Afghanistan as part of NATO’s 55,000-strong International Security Assitance Force (ISAF).

Berlin is expected to send some 600 additional troops to help boost security in the Afghanistan during elections set for August.